Archive | August 2014

Billboards Top 100 Albums from 1983

As I’m working on my list of my favorite albums from 1983, I wanted to share with you the list from Billboard for 1983.  There are several classic albums here, and many very forgettable albums.  What are your favorites?  Some of my favorites from 1983 aren’t here as they weren’t big sellers, but they were very important albums.  REM and Madonna’s first albums came out in 1983.  There were great albums from Blue Nile, The The, Replacements, Tears for Fears, Aztec Camera, and New Order.  I’ll publish the top 100 singles list shortly for 1983.

Rank   Album                                     Artist

1          Thriller                                    Michael Jackson

2          Business As Usual                 Men At Work

3          Synchronicity                         The Police

4          H20                                        Hall & Oates

5          1999                                       Prince & the Revolution

6          Lionel Richie                           Lionel Richie

7          Workout Record                     Jane Fonda

8          Pyromania                              Def Leppard

9          Kissing To Be Clever              Culture Club

10       Greatest Hits, Vol. 2                Olivia Newton-John

11       IV                                             Toto

12       Frontiers                                  Journey

13       Rio                                           Duran Duran

14       Built For Speed                       The Stray Cats

15       Cuts Like A Knife                    Bryan Adams

16       Get Nervous                            Pat Benatar

17       The Distance                           Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band

18       Get Lucky                                Loverboy

19       Mountain Music                      Alabama

20       Flashdance Soundtrack          Flashdance

21       Hello, I Must Be Going            Phil Collins

22       Night and Day                         Joe Jackson

23       Spring Session M                   Missing Persons

24       Kilroy Was Here                     Styx

25       War                                         U2

26       Duran Duran                           Duran Duran

27       Always On My Mind               Willie Nelson

28       Let’s Dance                            David Bowie

29       The Closer You Get                Alabama

30       Combat Rock                         The Clash

31       Eliminator                               ZZ Top

32       American Fool                        John Cougar

33       The Nylon Curtain                  Billy Joel

34       Escape                                   Journey

35       High ‘N’ Dry                           Def Leppard

36       High Adventure                      Kenny Loggins

37       Long After Dark                     Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

38       Pancho and Lefty                  Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard

39       Cargo                                     Men At Work

40       Special Beat Service              The English Beat

41       Friend Or Foe                         Adam Ant

42       The Lexicon Of Love              ABC

43       All This Love                           DeBarge

44       Living In Oz                            Rick Springfield

45       Midnight Love                        Marvin Gaye

46       Three Lock Box                     Sammy Hagar

47       Greatest Hits                         Dan Fogelberg

48       Jarreau                                  Al Jarreau

49       Emotions In Motion               Billy Squier

50       Outside/Inside                       Tubes

51       Killer On the Rampage          Eddy Grant

52       Worlds Apart                          Saga

53       Forever, For Always, For Love          Luther Vandross

54       Famous Last Words              Supertramp

55       Blinded By Science               Thomas Dolby

56       Reach the Beach                   Fixx

57       Metal Health                          Quiet Riot

58       Heartlight                               Neil Diamond

59       The Golden Age Of Wireless   Thomas Dolby

60       Branigan                                Laura Branigan

61       Bella Donna                           Stevie Nicks

62       Naked Eyes                           Naked Eyes

63       Headhunter                            Krokus

64       Winds Of Change                 Jefferson Starship

65       Never Surrender                   Triumph

66       Pleasure Victim                     Berlin

67       Cut                                        Golden Earring

68       Screaming For Vengeance    Judas Priest

69       Too Tough                              Angela Bofill

70       Records                                 Foreigner

71       Heartbreaker                         Dionne Warwick

72       Sweet Dreams                       Eurythmics

73       I Can’t Stand Still                  Don Henley

74       Greatest Hits                         The Little River Band

75       Visions                                   Gladys Knight & the Pips

76       Scandal                                 Scandal

77       Too-Rye-Ay                           Dexys Midnight Runners

78       Piece of Mind                        Iron Maiden

79       Julio                                      Julio Iglesias

80       The Wild Heart                     Stevie Nicks

81       Forever Now                         Psychedelic Furs

82       Speaking In Tongues            Talking Heads

83       Dawn Patrol                          Night Ranger

84       Keep It Up                            Loverboy

85       State Of Confusion               The Kinks

86       Daylight Again                      Crosby, Stills & Nash

87       Sergio Mendes                     Sergio Mendes

88       Mirage                                  Fleetwood Mac

89       Love For Love                      The Whispers

90       Kihnspiracy                          The Greg Kihn Band

91       Here Comes the Night         Barry Manilow

92       In Your Eyes                         George Benson

93       Madness                              Madness

94       A Flock of Seagulls              A Flock Of Seagulls

95       Dark Side of the Moon         Pink Floyd

96       Gap Band IV                         The Gap Band

97       We’ve Got Tonight                Kenny Rogers

98       Every Home Should Have One        Patti Austin

99       The Nightfly                           Donald Fagen

100     Word Of Mouth                      Toni Basil

Billboard Top 100 for 1983

Why I know the 80s music

As I have a lot of new followers of this blog, I wanted to remind everyone why I actually know 80s music.  I worked in and around music for all of the 1980s.  I started part-time working at Musicland in the Fall of 1982, right around when both Michael Jackson released Thriller, and MTV became really important.  I worked part-time at Musicland for a few years, then a local Madison, Wisconsin indie record retailer.  After this, I opened a small record store that was really a CD store with a few partners.  We built it to five locations.  I then sold my share and went back to school.  During this time, I also managed a local Chicago band and worked for the Midwest distributor of Profile and Tommy Boy.  I’ll try to dig up my picture with Queen Latifah for the release of her first album on Tommy Boy.

Below is my time sheet from Musicland from 1984.  It’s actually for Thanksgiving week, you’ll see no hours on Thursday.  I found this while I was going through all of my old albums before I recently moved.  It is really a relic.



I have started working on my favorite albums from 1983 and will begin posting about these soon.  In the meantime, let me know some of your favorites from 1983.  1983 saw the debuts of a lot of artists including Tears for Fears, Eurythmics, Big Country, Waterboys, REM, Madonna and of course Weird Al Yankovic.  And also new albums from U2,  David Bowie, Billy Joel, Genesis and the Replacements (one of my all-time favorites).  Were you into Styx and Kilroy Was Here, maybe not.  Or Kiss (without their makeup)?  Let me know.